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Sand Lizard behavior

The Mongolian Lacerta, commonly known as the Sand Lizard, is endangered in the wild. Captive bred Sand Lizards are, however, available for purchase and can make interesting and beautiful pets!

In the cold months of the year, usually November to April, Sand Lizards remain in burrows, insulated crevices, or under some sort of protective root, brush heap, or log. Generally, Sand Lizards live in sandy areas in colonies. They make burrow systems and are generally shy, running into their burrows when disturbed. In order to control the inside temperature, Sand Lizards can stuff up their entrances with vegetation. They may take over the burrows of other animals. Sand Lizards bask in low vegetation. Breeding rivalry occurs, and the male with the larger size and better stamina is usually the one that will mate with the female. To do this, males arch their backs and open their mouths, then rush at each other and bite or grapple until one lizard retreats. Although some sources believe that the Sand Lizard is monogamous, others believe that these lizards may mate with two or three different females in a breeding season.

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